Waterfront A Walk Around Manhattan
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Description: East Side, West Side, from the Little Red Lighthouse to Battery Park City, the wonders of Manhattan’s waterfront are both celebrated and secret–hidden in plain sight. In his brilliant exploration of this defining yet neglected shoreline, personal essayist Philip Lopate also recovers a part of the city’s soul. A native New Yorker, Lopate has embraced Manhattan by walking every inch of its perimeter, telling stories on the way of pirates (Captain Kidd) and power brokers (Robert Moses), the lowly shipworm and Typhoid Mary, public housing in Harlem and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. He evokes the magic of the once bustling old port from Melville’s and Whitman’s day to the era of the longshoremen in On the Waterfront, while appraising today’s developers and environmental activists, and probing new plans for parks and pleasure domes with river views. Whether escorting us into unfamiliar, hazardous crannies or along a Beaux Arts esplanade, Waterfront is a grand literary ramble and defense of urban life by one of our most perceptive observers.
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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Phillip Lopate is a professor at Columbia University, where he directs the graduate nonfiction program.
|A Quick Start-Up of Mannahatta|
|The West Side|
|Battery Park City|
|The World Trade Center|
|Excursus: The Harbor and the Old Port|
|Tribeca: The River Project|
|The Soho/Greenwich Village Corridor|
|Excursus: Outboard, or the Battle of Westway and Its Aftermath|
|Chelsea Piers, Chelsea, and Trocchi-Land|
|From 42nd Street to Riverside South|
|Riverside Park and Manhattanville|
|Sewage Treatment Plant and Salsa Party|
|Washington Heights and Inwood|
|The East Side|
|Introduction: On the Aesthetics of Urban Walking and Writing|
|Captain Kidd and Pearl Street|
|Excursus: Sailors and Merchant Seamen in New York|
|The South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market|
|Excursus: The Elusive Joseph Mitchell|
|The South Street Seaport (Continued)|
|The Brooklyn Bridge|
|Under the Bridges|
|Con Edisonland: From One Power Plant to Another|
|Excursus: Robert Moses, A. Revisionist Take|
|Tudor City, the United Nations, and the Upper East Side|
|East Harlem and Points North|
|Excursus: Ode to the Projects|
|North Brother Island|
|The Dilemma of Waterfront Development|